"Compared to other TC4 it is very small, but it is the only one that will fly so close to Earth," they said from the Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia)
The probability that it collides with the Earth is .00055% according to astronomer Judit Györgyey-Ries of the McDonald Observatory of the University of Texas (USA)
Another expert, Makoto Yoshikawa from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) explains that “Although it has a great uncertainty throughout the orbit, it is much smaller than the radial uncertainty, so only the time of day changes. closest flyby. I would say that based on this, there is no possibility of impact in 2017, but more observations could help reduce the uncertainties ”
According to estimates, the asteroid will pass at a distance of between 13,200 and 433,200 kilometers from Earth.
What is the danger?
The proximity of its passage through the Earth can cause, as has happened on other occasions, impacts such as the Chelyabinsk event, on February 15, 2013 or the well-known Tunguska event, in Siberia, in 1908. The diameter of the meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk reaching about 19 meters. Then some 1,500 people were injured. The impact affected some 7,000 buildings in the city.
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